What does Colorado Springs want? Or more precisely, who is being encouraged to move here? We know the answer: Millennials! The reasons seem compelling. A city without young people is literally dying. Who will start new businesses, fill high-tech jobs, form families, buy houses and lead the community into the...
Sorry to rain on Colorado’s latest bipartisan political parade, but moving the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction is a lousy idea. Both Colorado senators have jumped aboard the moving van, mouthing the usual platitudes about bringing government closer to the people. “The problem with Washington is...
Successful Republican presidential candidates in the modern era have often had experience in business or the military (or both), as well as in government. Dwight Eisenhower, perhaps our greatest military commander, became president of Columbia University after the war until he discarded the scholar’s robe to become president. Richard...
If you were around these parts in 1972, you may remember the slogan “Don’t Californicate Colorado.” That was the informal rallying cry of Colorado residents who were opposed to hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics, and successfully killed the project in a statewide referendum. Opponents cited multiple reasons for nixing the...
Being a registered Republican who often votes for Democrats, I’m particularly exasperated with this year’s bizarre presidential campaign spectacle. And no, it’s not because there are 25 candidates competing for the nomination, or because so many of them have moved to the farthest shores of the American left, or...
Is it fair or appropriate for governments to play favorites, using laws and regulations to benefit certain industries and disadvantage others? Most of us would instinctively oppose such measures, arguing that the iron realities of the market should determine winners and losers. During the last session, Gov. Jared Polis and...
Twenty years ago I moved from a big house near downtown to a smaller spread on the Westside. It was still a good-sized place, an 1899 Victorian on a big lot. I loved its turn-of-the-century charm, never suspecting that underneath that elegant exterior was an extortionist constantly in need...
Last week Marc Murphy, the founder, former owner and general manager of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek officially retired. He’s the last of the OGs (original gangsters), the bold, underfunded entrepreneurs who launched casino gambling in Cripple Creek in 1991. And Murphy not only survived, but also thrived. He...
Growing up in midcentury America, it seemed clear to me and my buddies that anything American was superior to everything foreign. American cars were the best, perfectly suited to our spacious, optimistic land. We pitied those poor, benighted foreigners who couldn’t afford them or didn’t want to buy them....
Somehow our once-forlorn little city has become America’s beau ideal, one at or near the top of every dreary metric created to sort and classify urban areas. We’re bike-friendly, dog-friendly, veteran-friendly, reasonably affordable and blessed with an equable climate. Our economy is booming, our schools are good, our politicians are...
Spring! A time for renewal, optimism, sunny skies and an even more burgeoning local economy. According to the El Paso County Assessor, almost every homeowner in El Paso County has made a pile of money as homes magically appreciate. So go ahead and plant an ambitious garden, because even...
What do businesses want? Conversely, what do we want from businesses? Businesses want a neutral, sensibly regulated playing field that encourages entrepreneurship, growth, innovation and creative change. Disruptive technologies may threaten stagnant legacy companies, but that’s OK. The great Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter identified such “creative destruction” as the basic...